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[proh-kleym, pruh-] /proʊˈkleɪm, prə-/
verb (used with object)
to announce or declare in an official or formal manner:
to proclaim war.
to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way:
to proclaim one's opinions.
to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
to extol or praise publicly:
Let them proclaim the Lord.
to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
to denounce or prohibit publicly.
verb (used without object)
to make a proclamation.
Origin of proclaim
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prōclāmāre to cry out. See pro-1, claim
Related forms
proclaimer, noun
reproclaim, verb (used with object)
self-proclaimed, adjective
self-proclaiming, adjective
unproclaimed, adjective
1. advertise. See announce. 2. promulgate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proclaim
  • Then courts can justifiably proclaim that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
  • Their letters of recommendation proclaim that each is outstanding.
  • Virtually all nations proclaim allegiance to global markets.
  • Gulls hug the shores and proclaim themselves monarchs of dock pilings.
  • The irony of your position is that it can be used to justify all the horrors you proclaim regarding civil rights.
  • Of course, colleges proclaim that they offer financial aid, but it's not really that at all.
  • They want to take what they've learned in the lab and proclaim it in the park, or wherever else people will listen.
  • C'mon, let's not have a power-trip over this and proclaim ethics from the ivory tower.
  • Physicists run this progression backwards and proclaim that the proton-sized universe must have been incredibly hot and dense.
  • More of us need to stand up and proclaim the truth here.
British Dictionary definitions for proclaim


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
(may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
to praise or extol
Derived Forms
proclaimer, noun
proclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən) noun
proclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōclāmāre to shout aloud
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Word Origin and History for proclaim

late 14c., proclamen, from Latin proclamare "cry or call out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)). Spelling altered by influence of claim. Related: Proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaimer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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